01. I went to ’80s Mania’ a fortnight ago – Cutting Crew, Paul Young, Wang Chung, Go West and Taylor Dayne. I know, brilliant line up and they were all realistic about their performance (I think it was Cutting Crew who began by saying “We’re only playing four songs. One you’ll think was by REO Speedwagon and one you’ll know…I guess we could just play that one three times?!”
02. Thoughts about the concert: Dance Hall Days holds up; Paul Young didn’t play Love of the Common People and I will never forgive him; Peter Cox (Go West) loves himself. A lot. I think he still spends a lot of time in front of the mirror, singing into a hairbrush; Taylor Dayne has an amazing voice.
03. Since Paul robbed me, here’s a version from Bruce.
04. The Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Father was harrowing. Very good but really tough (it’s a story about dementia).
05. On a lighter and frothier note, I also saw Opera Australia’s new production of The Merry Widow. The 1920s-inspired sets and costumes were breathtaking. And the audience did enjoy the #YES curtain call.
07. I hope this comes to Australia.
08. Next in my Netflix queue, Alias Grace.
09. I’m slowly chipping away at the podcast list…
10. Will be going to this Alice exhibition.
11. My 12yo and I are hooked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Seriously funny stuff (and so many sly 80s references!).
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